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I am Muslim by Tyshea I am Muslim by Tyshea
    As a Muslim, I do not follow tradition blindly
    As a Muslim, I do not conform to new age views without evaluation
    As a Muslim, I am constantly self-reflecting
    As a Muslim, I give charity and smile to strangers
    As a Muslim, I believe in a non-human, non-gendered, unimaginable God

    As a Chinese Muslim, I feel unrecognized and isolated by my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters
    As a Chinese Muslim, I feel unrecognized and isolated by the American media
    As a Chinese Muslim, I feel equally hated by the American media
    As a Chinese Muslim, I am thankful to have seen so many different perspectives at my age
    As a Chinese Muslim, I feel closer to Allah

    As a Muslim artist, I do not have religious ultimatum
    As a Muslim artist, I am criticized for not devoting my art to my religion completely and blatantly
    As a Muslim artist, I devote myself instead to universal messages in hopes of reaching a wider audience
    As a Muslim artist, I fully love and indulge in the visual world created for us by God
    As a Muslim artist, I prove people wrong not by shoving my religion in their face, but showing them I am just a person like everyone else

    As a Gay Muslim, I believe in love above hate.
    As a Gay Muslim, I have been through constant, endless torment for simply loving someone.
    As a Gay Muslim, I have become infinitely more compassionate and understanding to others.
    As a Gay Muslim, I have found deeper, purer faith in Allah.
    As a Gay Muslim, I vow to never let my faith put others in danger, I vow to protect others who are bombarded by blind faith.

    This is me.
    I am constantly torn
    I am always falling
    I am sheltered
    I am afraid to speak
    But I am insanely proud



This was mainly for myself, to remind myself what it means to be me.
And to never give in to hate or anger.

Thanks to my friends for being the best, most accepting, most loving, and most wonderful family in the world.
Thank you for a great 21st birthday, and reminding me of the most important things in life.

Ask me any questions you like. I may choose to reply or not :)

[updated May 21, 2012]
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ohmygucci2000 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
masha allah!
i wish to become more of a proud and faithful muslim
thanks for inspiring me
:)
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh salaam alaikum! :)
It's great to hear from other Muslims. Thank you so much!
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FireWitch25 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student General Artist
So beautiful, Masha Allah! I'm a Muslim too! People nowadays are stereotypical about Muslims and they assume things as well.
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Birittany Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
hm.. I have to look at it sometime why they use crescent and star :p
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm, where I live a lot of Muslims use the crescent and star as a general sign for Islam.. :)
Wasalaam!
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Birittany Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
i wonder something;
 why did you put there turkish flag(not so flag i dont how to say it) lol
im muslim too and turk c: es-selamu aleyküm :D
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animedreamer4life Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
Lol I was looking for my old comment and I couldn't find it. Where did you see it??

Anyway, you're probably right. but nowadays, I'm just so OPEN MINDED! haha xD I'm now just taking everything into my own perspective instead of relying on other peoples interpretations of the quran, hadith, and sunnah. Basically, if something is right or wrong, I rely on my own opinion. I know I said a really long time ago that its wrong and stuff but in the end, Allah is going to just everyone based on what they did wrong, NOT what other people said was wrong :)
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's not shameful if you can mature from it, you know? A lot of people grow up in hateful environments, but it doesn't necessarily define them :)
I'm really happy you like this piece though, thank you so much!
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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RayINKADELL Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
This is the most powerfull thing i have ever seen and read in my life. I am ashamed to say i am raised in a rather racist house hold, but i have never felt that way and this gives me stength. I love this piece so much!!!!
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